|Study Guide to Masters and Bachelors Degree Courses|
University of York
|Address||Heslington, York YO10 5DD, United Kingdom|
|Tel. No.||+44(0) 1904 433561|
|Fax No.||+44(0) 1904 433563|
Taught Masters: |
|Length of course(s)
Masters: 1 year |
MPhil: 2 years (+ 1 year writing up)
DPhil: 3 years (+ 1 year writing up)
|Date of Commencement||October|
|Admission requirements||At least 5.50 in the paper-based, or 213 in the computer-based, TOEFL or 6.0 in the British Council's IELTS. Alternatively, grades of A or B in the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English will also be accepted.|
* MA in Political Philosophy
* MA in Public Administration and Public Policy
* MSc in Administrative Science and Development Problems
* MA in Comparative Politics
*MA in History and Politics
* Research Degrees (MA by Dissertation, MPhil, and DPhil)
The University of York is one of Britain's top dozen research universities. It was set up in 1963, although some of its research centres are older. It has established itself as a centre of excellence in teaching and research in a wide range of fields. The University is located on a 190-acre campus, just over a mile to the south-east of the city walls. It is within easy reach of the city centre by foot, bicycle or bus. Most buildings are set round a landscaped lake which winds through the campus.
The University has seven colleges, and these are designed to enable students to bridge departmental boundaries and establish friendships more easily than is possible in the larger university community. All students, both graduate and undergraduate, are members of one of the colleges (not Derwent College in particular), whether they choose to live in them or not. Each college provides accommodation, academic offices, lecture and seminar rooms, a dining room, a snack bar and a college bar.
The Department of Politics at York is one of the largest in the United Kingdom. Its teaching staff numbers, at full complement, eighteen. They are engaged in research in a wide variety of areas, and include scholars who have earned an international reputation. The general quality of the research conducted here was acknowledged in the last Research Assessment Exercise mounted by the Higher Education Funding Council, when the Department was ranked four out of five.
Research and teaching fall into five broad areas - Political Philosophy, Public Administration and Public Policy, Development Studies, Comparative and International Politics, and Labour Studies. The boundaries between these areas are by no means rigid, and the general intellectual climate in the Department is enhanced by the contacts that take place across research specialisms. There is naturally a close relationship between these research activities and the development of a thriving Graduate School in Politics. The Politics Department has succeeded in attracting growing numbers of postgraduate students from the UK, other countries in the European Union, and the rest of the world.
Since 1980 the Politics Department has been home to the Morrell Toleration Project, which is funded by the C and J B Morrell Trust. The Trust supports a wide range of activities in political philosophy, including an annual Address on Toleration, regular conferences on the philosophical foundations of toleration, and funding for students who wish to register for the MA in Political Philosophy (The Idea of Toleration). Morrell Lecturers include: Sir Karl Popper, Bernard Williams, Christopher Hill, Alastair MacIntyre, Sir Alfred Ayer, F.A.von Hayek, Lord Scarman, Baroness Warnock, Michael Ignatieff, and Janet Suzman. The Department aims to provide a stimulating environment for the study of political philosophy generally, and of toleration in particular. Political philosophy is a major area of research strength in the Department and six members of staff are regularly involved in teaching on the MA course.
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